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The European Commission has launched an anti-trust investigation against Google after three online companies alleged that the internet giant’s search functions were penalising their businesses.
The investigation comes under the Lisbon Treaty’s “abuse of dominant position” powers and is the first time that Google has been targeted by the European Union.
Foundem claims that Google lifted the “penalty” in December, resulting in an increase in traffic from Google searches of “10,000pc overnight”.
Whereas these penalties used to be reserved for spam, or sites caught attempting to cheat Google’s algorithms, they are now increasingly targeted at perfectly legitimate vertical search and directory services.
I honestly see no benefit to the user of being sent to a directory from a results page.
after three online companies alleged that the internet giantï¿½s search functions were penalising their businesses.
Google can rank any site however they see fit and the European Commission doesn't have the authority to say otherwise.
[edited by: jecasc at 9:42 am (utc) on Feb 24, 2010]
they are now increasingly targeted at perfectly legitimate vertical search and directory services
Two of the three sites (the price comparison site and the second-tier search engine) are the types of site which make me press the "Remove from my personalized search results" button as soon as I spot them.
So what? I can whip up a search engine right now that doesn't rank specific sites well and that's my prerogative
In fact Foundem doesn't seem to rank well in Bing.com. Their website has virtually zero content of any indexable value in a very competitive market. I'm surprised anyone can find the site through any search engine.